Air Force Training Group

Air Force Training Group (AFTG) is headquartered at RAAF Base Williams – Laverton, 25km west of Melbourne CBD, Victoria.

AFTG is responsible for the provision of training to members of the Air Force, as well as some personnel from Navy, Army and overseas defence forces. The group also supports Air Force public relations activities through:

  • the Roulettes Aerobatic team 
  • the Military Working Dog puppies 
  • the Air Force balloon 
  • the RAAF Museum 
  • the Air Force Band.

Headquarters AFTG

Headquarters AFTG (HQ AFTG) is responsible for:

  • providing policy guidance
  • training evaluation studies
  • training support and strategic planning 
  • training design
  • research and development in training technology.

Air Academy

Air Academy is responsible for conducting basic and instructor training for pilots, mission aircrew and air traffic controllers. It also provides aircrew combat survival training for Air Force and other Australian Defence Force personnel.

The Air Academy manages:

  • No. 1 Flying Training School (RAAF Base East Sale)
  • No. 2 Flying Training School (RAAF Base Pearce)
  • No. 32 Squadron (RAAF Base East Sale)
  • Air Mission Training School (RAAF Base East Sale)
  • Central Flying School (RAAF Base East Sale)
  • Combat Survival and Training School (RAAF Base Townsville)
  • RAAF Museum (RAAF Base Point Cook)
  • School of Air Traffic Control (RAAF Base East Sale).

Air Academy operates:

  • PC-21 aircraft for pilot and pilot instructor training
  • KA350 King Air aircraft for direct support to the Air Mission Training School.

Ground Academy

Ground Academy provides entry level and specialist training across a broad range of specialisations including:

  • security
  • fire and ground defence
  • administration and logistics 
  • technical trades
  • explosive ordnance.

Ground Academy comprises a number of training schools, including:

  • No. 1 Recruit Training Unit (RAAF Base Wagga)
  • Air Force Band (RAAF Base Williams)
  • Defence Explosive Ordnance Training School (Defence Establishment Orchard Hills)
  • Officer Training School (RAAF Base East Sale)
  • School of Administrative and Logistics Training (RAAF Base Wagga)
  • Security and Fire (Training) School (RAAF Base Amberley)
  • School of Technical Training (RAAF Base Wagga)
  • School of Postgraduate Studies (RAAF Base Wagga).